Q Liu

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, United States

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  • No preview · Article · Aug 2009
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    ABSTRACT: Cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors such as p27(KIP1) have recently been shown to lead to cellular differentiation by causing cell cycle arrest, but it is unknown whether similar events occur in differentiating promyeloid cells. Hematopoietic progenitor cells undergo lineage-restricted differentiation, which is accompanied by expression of distinct maturation markers. Here we show that the classical growth factor insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) potently promotes vitamin D(3)-induced macrophage differentiation of promyeloid cells, as assessed by measurement of a coordinate increase in expression of the integrin alpha subunit CD11b, the CD14 lipopolysaccharide receptor, and the macrophage-specific esterase, alpha-naphthyl acetate esterase, as early as 24 h following initiation of terminal differentiation. Addition of IGF-I to cells undergoing vitamin D(3)-induced differentiation also leads to an early increase in expression of cyclin E, phosphorylation of the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein, and a doubling of the cell number. Early expression of CD11b (24 h) is simultaneously accompanied by inhibition in the expression of p27(KIP1). Cell cycle analysis with propidium iodide revealed that CD11b expression at 24 h following initiation of differentiation occurs at all phases of the cell cycle instead of only those cells arrested in G(0)/G(1). Similarly, development of a novel double-labeling intra- and extracellular flow-cytometric technique demonstrated that single cells expressing the mature leukocyte differentiation antigen CD11b can also incorporate the thymidine analog bromodeoxyuridine. Likewise, expression of the intracellular DNA polymerase delta cofactor/proliferating-cell nuclear antigen at 24 h is also simultaneously expressed with the surface marker CD11b, indicating that these cells continue to proliferate early in their differentiation program. Finally, at 24 h following induction of differentiation, IGF-I promoted a fourfold increase in the uptake of [(3)H]thymidine by purified populations of CD11b-expressing cells. Taken together, these data demonstrate that the initial steps associated with terminal macrophage differentiation occur concomitantly with progression through the cell cycle and that these very early differentiation events do not require the accumulation of p27(KIP1).
    Full-text · Article · Oct 1999 · Molecular and Cellular Biology
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    ABSTRACT: A decline in plasma concentrations of both growth hormone and IGF-I occurs during aging of humans and rodents, and this is accompanied by involution of the thymus gland. Exogenous growth hormone induces the synthesis of IGF-I, which acts on bone marrow-derived hematopoietic progenitors of the myeloid and lymphoid lineages to promote their replication and survival. The increase in survival of these cells is caused by the ability of IGF-I to inhibit their apoptotic death. In contrast to the multipotential colony-stimulating-factor IL-3, inhibition of apoptosis by IGF-I requires the activation of the critical intracellular effector PI 3-kinase. These data establish that hematopoietic progenitors can use more than one intracellular signaling pathway in order to maintain their survival. The data also extend the original hypothesis that IGF-I shares with the colony-stimulating factors the properties of promoting DNA synthesis and inhibiting programmed cell death. Collectively, these data establish that hematopoietic progenitor cells are important targets for IGF-I, and this is likely to be important in understanding thymic aging.
    No preview · Article · Jun 1998 · Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
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    ABSTRACT: Insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) promotes cell division and prevents programmed cell death in hemopoietic progenitors. Human HL-60 promyeloid cells differentiate toward the granulocytic lineage when stimulated with retinoic acid (RA) in serum-containing medium. When deprived of serum, however, we found that these cells differentiate poorly in the presence of RA, as assessed by expression of the alpha subunit of the beta2 integrin heterodimer, CD11b/CD18. However, when IGF-I is added to RA-treated cells, the proportion of CD11b-positive cells increases to a level similar to that in RA-treated cells cultured in serum-containing medium. Cells treated with RA alone not only differentiate poorly but also undergo apoptosis, as assessed by flow cytometry using propidium iodide and HO33342. In serum-free medium, one-third of RA-treated cells become apoptotic compared with only 5% apoptotic cells in the absence of RA. However, addition of IGF-I to RA-treated cells prevents the appearance of this apoptotic population and increases phosphatidylinositol 3'-kinase (PI 3-kinase) activity by fivefold. Wortmannin, a PI 3-kinase inhibitor, potently decreases this IGF-I-induced lipid kinase activity, blocks the ability of IGF-I to prevent apoptosis, and inhibits IGF-I-enhanced CD11b expression. These data demonstrate that IGF-I acts on RA-treated progenitors to promote their differentiation along the granulocytic lineage. IGF-I acts by rescuing these cells from apoptotic cell death via a downstream pathway that is dependent upon PI 3-kinase.
    No preview · Article · Aug 1997 · The Journal of Immunology
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    ABSTRACT: Flow cytometry was used to examine the expression of type I insulin-like growth factor receptors (IGF-IR) on three types of human hematopoietic cells that represent different stages of myeloid lineage development. Both HL-60 (promyeloid) and U-937 (monocytic) cells express abundant IGF-IR protein (> 79% cells positive for the IGF-IR), whereas KG-1 myeloblasts express negligible levels of IGF-IR (< 1% IGF-IR-positive cells). Exogenous IGF-I, IGF-II, and an IGF-I analog that binds poorly to IGF-binding protein-3 (des-IGF-I) increased DNA synthesis of HL-60 and U-937 cells in a dose-dependent (1-25 ng/ml) fashion by 2- to 4-fold in serum-free medium, whereas KG-1 cells did not respond to any of these growth factors. The IGF-induced increase in proliferation of HL-60 promyeloid cells was inhibited by soluble IGF-binding protein-3 (500 ng/ml) when these cells were stimulated with 10 ng/ml of either IGF-I (53 +/- 8%) or IGF-II (59 +/- 8%), but not with des-IGF-I (3 +/- 1%). In contrast, the anti-IGF-IR monoclonal antibody (mAb; alpha IR-3) inhibited the DNA synthesis caused by 10 ng/ml exogenous IGF-I (67 +/- 6%), IGF-II (72 +/- 8%), and des-IGF-1 (82 +/- 9%). Proliferation of KG-1 myeloblasts, however, was neither stimulated by the IGFs nor inhibited by the anti-IGF-IR mAb. In the absence of exogenous IGF-I, the mAb directed against the IGF-IR significantly suppressed basal DNA synthesis of HL-60 promyeloid (72 +/- 5%) and U-937 monocytic (39 +/- 7%) cells, but did not affect DNA synthesis of KG-1 myeloblasts (8 +/- 1%) compared to an isotype-matched control mAb. Similarly, the alpha IR-3 mAb abrogated vitamin D3-induced differentiation of the HL-60 cells into macrophages in serum-free medium, as assessed by expression of the leucam surface protein, CD11b. As the alpha IR-3 mAb inhibits DNA synthesis in the presence and absence of exogenous IGF-I on receptor-bearing cells, but not IGF-IR-negative cells, these data demonstrate that both endocrine and autocrine IGF-I are potent growth factors in human myeloid cells where expression of the surface receptor, rather than the ligand, is the critical control element. More importantly, these data support the hypothesis that autocrine IGF-I may play a significant role in the differentiation of promyeloid cells into macrophages.
    No preview · Article · Jan 1997 · Endocrinology
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    ABSTRACT: Primary (thymus) and secondary (spleen) murine lymphoid tissues express a 25-kDa protein that binds IGF-I. To determine the cellular source of this insulin-like growth factor binding protein (IGFBP), 11 murine or human cell lines representing T, B, and myeloid cells at various stages of differentiation were characterized by IGF-I affinity cross-linkage and Western ligand blotting. Mature myeloid cells, but not T or B cells, secrete a 25-kDa protein that is capable of binding IGF-I. CSF-1-derived bone marrow macrophages also synthesize this 25-kDa IGFBP. Thymic macrophages, which were estimated to secrete 2 ng of binding protein/10(6) cells-h, were used in conjunction with [125I] IGF-I affinity cross-linking to develop a protein binding immunomobility-shift assay to identify which IGFBP is produced by these cells. An anti-IGFBP-4Ab, but not an anti-IGFBP-2 Ab or normal rabbit serum, shifted the [125I] IGF-IGFBP complex to a higher m.w. position, indicating that the single 25-kDa IGFBP is IGFBP-4. Northern blotting confirmed that transcripts for IGFBP-4 as well as IGF-I are expressed in thymic macrophages. A putative 278-bp IGFBP-4 cDNA fragment (residues 341-618) of rat) that contains two unique cysteine residues found only in IGFBP-4 was cloned and sequenced from thymic macrophages. These clones differed from the rat sequence at only six residues (97% homology), and the deduced amino acid sequence from the murine cDNA was identical with that of the rat sequence. Subsequent studies revealed that IGF-I stimulates DNA synthesis in thymic macrophages. However, two different IGF-I analogues differing in the amino-terminus that bind equally well to the IGF-I receptor but poorly to IGFBPs are as effective as IGF-I at 100-fold lower concentrations. These data demonstrate that murine macrophages are a source of a single 25-kDa secreted protein that binds IGF-, that the molecular identity of this protein is IGFBP-4, and that this binding protein may antagonize the extracellular effects of IGF-I.
    No preview · Article · Feb 1996 · The Journal of Immunology
  • Q. Liu · C. Hurth · K.W. Kelley
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    ABSTRACT: Insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), a 7 kD polypeptide, increases cell growth and prevents programmed cell death in hematopoietic progenitors. HL-60 human promyeloid cells are able to differentiate towards the granulocytic lineage when stimulated with retinoic acid (RA, 1 nM) or dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO, 1% v/v) in serum-containing medium. When deprived of serum, however, we found that these cells differentiated to a lower extent in the presence of RA or DMSO unless IGF-I (100 ng/ml) was added, as assessed by the expression of the M subunit of the LEUCAM family, CDllb. Expression of this specific surface marker increased from control levels of 5±2% to 23±4% by addition of RA. When IGF-I was added to RA-treated cells, CDllb expression increased to 48±10%, which was similar to the percentage of CD 11 b expression in RA-treated cells grown in 10% FBS (n=3 ; p<0.01). Similar observations were made with DMSO-treated cells. In the absence of RA or DMSO, IGF-I was unable to promote differentiation of HL60 cells. Interestingly, cells treated with RA or DMSO alone not only differentiated poorly but also underwent apoptosis, as determined by flow cytometry using the propidium iodide (PI) and HO 33342. Approximately 32±2% of RA-treated cells became apoptotic whereas the addition of IGF-I was able to reduce the apoptotic population to 9±4%, which was similar to that of cells in 10% FBS (n=3; p<0.01). We conclude that IGF-I acts on RAtreated progenitors to promote their differentiation alone the granulocvtic lineage, possibly by preventing apoptosis.
    No preview · Article · Jan 1996
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    ABSTRACT: Prolactin has been shown to have an immunoregulatory role in the rodent immune response. A prolactin-like molecule has also been found in mouse splenocytes and a human B-lymphoblastoid cell line. We have evaluated whether human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) synthesize and/or secrete prolactin. We used the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to generate a 276-base-pair prolactin product from human PBMCs, and Southern blot analysis confirmed that it was related to prolactin. Western blotting using a polyclonal antibody to prolactin indicated that cell extracts prepared from human PBMCs contained a high molecular mass (60-kDa) immunoreactive prolactin. To determine whether this PBMC prolactin was being secreted, we developed a highly sensitive and specific hormonal enzyme-linked immunoplaque assay. With this assay, we were able to detect human prolactin secretion from concanavalin A (Con A)- or phytohemagglutinin-stimulated PBMCs but not from unstimulated PBMCs. We next sought to determine whether this secreted prolactin could function as an autocrine growth factor in lymphoproliferation. We observed that anti-human prolactin antiserum significantly inhibited human PBMC proliferation in response to Con A or phytohemagglutinin. We conclude that a prolactin-like molecule is synthesized and secreted by human PBMCs and that it functions in an autocrine manner as a growth factor for lymphoproliferation.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 1992 · Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences